Bangalore Public Open Spaces

Public open spaces in the city encompass different types of spaces ranging from multi-use playgrounds, parks, markets, streets and lakefronts to small tot-lots in neighbourhood parks. The project started in February 2016 and involved a select study of these spaces in the city based on location, distribution, design, users, activities, context, developmental pressures and the key issues associated with them. The study also investigated the values of open spaces, its potential for social cohesion, identity through cultural activities and the impacts of these spaces through field surveys and case studies.


  • Identified the attributes of the public open spaces
  • Identified the different typologies of public open spaces within the city
  • Identification of potentials, benefits and values of public open spaces
  • Analyzed the strengths, development and organization of public open spaces within the city
  • Studied and mapped various types of spaces as case studies
  • Identification and conceptualization of potentials and challenges of culture-based design of public open spaces
  • Providing guidelines for involving different stakeholders
  • Recommendations for increasing the usage of spaces by providing various multi use spaces, better spatial organization methods and improvement of infrastructure facilities
  • Integration of culture and cultural activities into public open spaces


  • UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India
  • UNESCO, New Delhi